Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to continue with the good works in their bid to provide healthcare for all.
He said this at the 87th Annual General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, held in Tamale on Wednesday, 31st August 2022.
“The role of the Pharmacist cannot be over-emphasized – the Pharmacist is the closest friend and link the public has to healthcare. All over the country, in our various communities, whenever there is a healthcare issue, the first point of call is usually the Pharmacy and the Pharmacist will help make the decision as to whether the matter should be taken further to the hospital or not. The Pharmacist has therefore become an integral part of our communities such that no community can do without at least a Pharmacist”, he said.
He stated that the President has keen interest in the pharmaceutical sector, as the country has the potential to benefit economically from a developed pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. In line with this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Industry will actively promote Ghana’s pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and its products within the ECOWAS region, as well as actively advocate for the removal of all trade barriers to intra-regional trade, as far as pharmaceutical products are concerned – this will help create unhindered access to the vast ECOWAS market for our local companies.
He added that, in order to compete internationally, pharmaceutical industries must meet certain international quality standards and it is heart-warming to know that with a little support, the industries will reach these standards in no time.
The Minister equally acknowledged the unavailability of long-term, low-interest rate capital and assured that the Government will work with relevant local and international financial institutions to make these funds available.
“When we do this, I would expect our companies to produce at least 60% of our medicines needs locally and export significantly into the ECOWAS region”, he lauded.
He congratulated the Society on working closely with the Pharmacy Council and the Office of the Vice President to develop and implement e-pharmacy in Ghana, adding that the initiative will go a long way to help many Ghanaians have access to essential medicines wherever they may be.
The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Samuel Kow Donkwoh, stated that the society has worked collaboratively with the pharmacy council to enhance regulation of pharmaceutical practice in Ghana, as well as to launch the e-pharmacy practice in Ghana – the first of its kind across sub-Saharan Africa.